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Review of the Women’s Helium Traveler Jacket by Outdoor Research

From the very first time that I started going out on more adventurous tours along Guatemala I learned that no matter the season or the region you should always carry some waterproof gear. You just never know what is going to happen out there.

I learned this lesson the hard way. I ended up being involved in some pretty disastrous situations before I finally decided to look for a waterproof soft shell to take with me everywhere.

Helium Traveler Jacket

I used to wear a huge, green jacket. The comfiest and warmest jacket I ever owned but it was only water resistant and would get ridiculously heavy when wet. It also took days for it to get dry.

Searching for a good option I fund the Women’s Helium Traveler Jacket by Outdoor Research.

What it offers:

  • Waterproof Fabric
  • Breathable
  • Fully Seam-Taped
  • Laminated Construction
  • Windproof
  • Lightweight
  • Fully Adjustable Hood
  • YKK® AquaGuard® Zippers
  • Internal Front Stormflap
  • Zip Hand Pockets
  • Left-hand Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack
  • Carabiner Loop
  • Key Clip
  • Tab and Snap Cuff Adjustment

I loved it from the moment I opened the packaging it came in. It looks so stylish and has a great cut that makes my waist look great. Over all I loved its look and how comfortable it is.

traveler helium jacket 2

I also noticed how light it was and the quality of the fabric. However I got it during the dry season. I kept putting it on my backpack every time I went on a new adventure but I had no luck! It didn’t rain.

Finally I took it for a one day trip to do some Rappel in Concepcion Waterfall. I figured that even if we didn’t have rain I would still be able to try its water resistance under the waterfall. And that’s exactly what ended up happening.

We enjoyed a warm sunny day. So I stood under the waterfall for a few minutes. It was such a fun way to test this jacket! An I’m happy to report that it worked.

The only negative thing that I found about the Helium Traveler Jacket the length. As amazing it is, I found it a bit restricting when hiking up a hill.

Conclusion:

This will definitely be my go-to jacked whenever I’m walking around town. I don’t think I’ll ever want to use an umbrella again. However for outdoor adventures where you need more mobility, I would go for their Helium II. It has the same amazing fabric but it is shorter.

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